Corrosion and Hydrogen pickup (HPU) – Volume. II

Corrosion and Hydrogen pickup (HPU) mechanisms of Zr alloys remain a top priority of the nuclear industry. Commercial Zr alloys have today adequate in-reactor corrosion properties. However, hydrogen in fuel components limits the fuel performance today during normal operation and accident conditions as well as during transport of spent fuel. Despite more than 50 years research, the corrosion and HPU mechanisms are still not clear. Improved understanding of the in -reactor oxidation and hydrogen pickup mechanisms are thus required. To shed light on theses complicated mechanisms A.N.T. International has published a set of three reports (Vol. I, II and III) with the focus on explaining the very complicated corrosion and hydrogen pickup mechanisms in an understandable manner.

Volume II gives more detailed information on:

  • Early Zr alloy development
  • Out-of-reactor corrosion
  • General in Reactor Corrosion and Hydrogen Pickup behaviour
  • Effects of alloying impurities on corrosion and HPU
  • Corrosion modelling and prediction